How many friends do you have?
You are not alone. I have viewed profiles with hundreds and hundreds of friends.
And with Facebook being one of the most-visited sites, and the reason for hours and hours of lost productivity at work, haven’t you ever wondered what they do with the info that’s required to be keyed in once one sign up for an account?
You have probably spent and still continue spending few minutes every day deleting unsolicited mails that have mushroomed in your inbox. Multiply that by the number of days and you get a considerable amount of time that could have been spent doing worthwhile activities or the ever-so-needed family bonding time.
That was not the case before you joined the bandwagon and signed up for an account at Facebook. Sure it was exciting. It was so thrilling to know that you will be in contact with old friends and long-lost high school classmates. And you may have stolen few moments at work just to peep and update yourself on the latest in your virtual world. Feeling guilty?
Then one day, you received an offer from a coffee company, from an online company offering sums of cash filling out survey forms, visa applications with prompt approval from a company offering immigration services to whichever country you choose. The list goes on. It never ends. And what’s really not so pleasant to the point of being almost annoying was that you don’t remember visiting their websites nor inquired about the services they offer. Where on Earth did they get your email address? Obviously, Facebook would say they are not responsible.
I am a control freak and I maintain separate accounts for separate purposes. And yes, I also have different passwords for each account. What is surprising was that they were still able to find me and sort of link my Facebook email to my other accounts. How do they know my accounts may belong to just one person?
Personally, I don’t make friends just for the sake of making friends. This is true both in my offline and online life, and yes that includes Facebook. So, it get’s annoying to receive invites from people I don’t know.
I have been always taunted by that question: What’s on your mind? I mean, do I really have to say to World Wide Web what I was thinking at that very moment? Who would care? I am sane and confident and being liked and my post commented on is not on the list of my priorities. Sorry, that just doesn’t sound rational to me. I would be happy and contented and stay happy and contented without comments and likes.
This article will make me admit that I am not a wizard at Facebook nor I intend or dream to be one. But what was obvious is that it starts to feel as if we are being tracked and all our personal information may be harvested and converted into cash.
What’s on my mind? I feel like deactivating my Facebook account now.